Source: Emergency WA
Bushfire Watch and Act - in the vicinity of Ridgeview Way and Plantation Outlook within the area bounded by Treasure Road, Wellesley Road and the Forrest Highway north of Kemerton in the Shire of Harvey
The following alert has been issued by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
This is a new alert
Time of issue: 05:17 PM
Date of issue: 20 January 2020
Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for the area bounded by Treasure Road, Wellesley Road and the Forrest Highway north of Kemerton in the Shire of Harvey
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in the vicinity of Ridgeview Way and Plantation Outlook within the area bounded by Treasure Road, Wellesley Road and the Forrest Highway north of Kemerton in the Shire of Harvey .
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the conditions are changing.
The fire started near the Treasure Road and Wellesley Road
WHAT TO DO:
If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
The bushfire is moving fast in a north easterly direction.
It is out of control and unpredictable.
ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:
Roads have not been closed.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting travelmap.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the SHIRE OF HARVEY.
WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:
Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
40 Parks and Wildlife Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.
DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.
Currently there has been 15 hectares burnt.
The cause of the fire is suspicious/deliberately lit.
People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Parks and Wildlife Service is managing the fire.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio, 6PR, or news bulletins.
During a power outage, your home phone, computer or other electronic devices connected to the NBN will not work. Include a battery powered radio in your emergency kit.
Updates will be issued every two hours unless the situation changes.